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Christening draws royal family together for rare family portrait

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AP Photo/Jason Bell, Camera Press

This image made available by Camera Press shows the official christening photo of Britain’s Prince George photographed in the Morning Room at Clarence House in London on Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013. Kate Duchess of Cambridge holds her son Prince George seated next to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William, back row from left, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, Pippa Middleton, James Middleton, Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton.

Updated Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 | 10:07 p.m.

Prince George Christening

Britain's Prince George is held by his father Prince William as they arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in London, for the christening of the three month-old Prince Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013. Launch slideshow »

LONDON — Britain's monarchy has released a rare photo celebrating the christening of Prince George that shows four generations of royals gathered together.

The image released Thursday shows Queen Elizabeth II and three future kings: her son Prince Charles, her grandson Prince William, and her great-grandson, 3-month-old Prince George.

The infant is pictured perched on the knee of his mother — William's wife, the Duchess of Cambridge — and surrounded by family who'd gathered at St. James's Palace on Wednesday for George's christening.

The queen's husband, Prince Philip, is pictured, along with a grinning Prince Harry and Charles' wife, Camilla.

The Duchess of Cambridge's parents, sister and brother also are in the photograph.

George was christened by Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, with water brought from the River Jordan.

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